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Alex Thomson Racing announces the build of the new HUGO BOSS IMOCA 60

Posted on 01 September 2014 by Ivan Bidzilya

[Source: Alex Thomson Racing] Alex Thomson Racing is announcing the build of the new HUGO BOSS IMOCA 60 to be launched in summer 2015, with the aim of winning the 2016 Vendee Globe.

The plans the Alex Thomson Racing Team are making in this period will have a significant effect on the competitiveness of the skipper and the boat years in advance of races such as the Vendee Globe. The Team aims to put Alex Thomson on the start line of the Vendee Globe with a boat that is good enough to win.

Financially, building a new race boat is a considerable investment and Alex Thomson Racing are privileged to have the support of their sponsors and financial backing to announce this boat build.  Whilst the IMOCA class have made a number of rule changes to increase the reliability and reduce the costs of the class, the investment is still upwards of €3million. The Alex Thomson Racing Team have been sponsored by HUGO BOSS since 2003 and have secured continued sponsorship until 2018.  “We have a great sponsor in HUGO BOSS. Our team has developed into not only being capable of delivering our sponsors marketing objectives, but also putting a winning campaign together.  Today, we take a big step forward in our ambition to be a winning part of the Ocean Masters circuit and delivering on our shared ambition” said Team CEO, Stewart Hosford.

The Team have chosen Guillaume Verdier and the VPLP Team to design the new HUGO BOSS. Technical Lead from Alex Thomson Racing, Ross Daniel said “To date we have had an incredible experience with working together with Guillaume and Vincent at VPLP/Verdier. These guys are incredibly down to earth, extremely talented, and have a passion for creating winning IMOCA boats.” Aware of the importance of delivering the project on time, on budget & to quality, the Alex Thomson Racing Team understand the significance of having the right project manager and the right builder to lead the project. The Team are currently in negotiations with Hythe based Green Marine to complete the build. Simon McGoldrick, the Team’s Naval Architect said “We hope and believe that the team at Green Marine are the right partner for this project, they are experienced and capable in building custom composites on time and on budget.  Given the choice we would always chose to build the boat in the UK as we are a British Team and want to support the industry and local suppliers that we rely on day to day”. The boat will be launched in summer 2015, withthe objective to be race ready to compete in the Transat Jacques Vabre in late October 2015.

With the IMOCA rule still essentially an open rule, where aside from the one design mast and keel, the designers and the teams are still able to seek competitive advantage through design and build.  A key element in producing a successful build is to be willing to take some risks and innovate.  The hull shapes of the 2016 Vendee Globe IMOCA 60s are likely to be an evolution of the current boats, but one area that has seen significant R&D is the new types of appendages.  The IMOCA class has always led in the development of new concepts in offshore racing and will again push the boundaries during the 2016 cycle. McGoldrick said; “This Vendèe Globe cycle will be particularly exciting as we will almost certainly see the use of foils not too dissimilar to those used in the Americas Cup.  The foils should significantly increase the performance of the boats, an increase we have not seen since the canting keel was invented.  Today all the simulations are theory based and of course theory can be very different to reality, so it is going to be a fascinating next 12 months to see what emerges”.

Lastly, the Alex Thomson Racing Team believes it is crucial to ensure the build is in phase with the competition.  There are four new boats that have already been announced- Safran, Banque Populaire, Groupe Edmond de Rothschild and Saint-Michel-Virbac.  These teams are in various stages of design and build and will be hitting the water from January through to late summer 2015to compete in theOcean Masters circuit and the Vendee Globe 2016.

“We want to take advantage of the very latest design thinking, but also get the boat in the water early enough to ensure reliability.  We have a simple objective and that is to put Alex Thomson on the start line, with a boat that is as good, if not better, than all the other boats that will line up on the Ocean Masters circuit” said Hosford.

In the meantime, Alex Thomson is preparing to take on the Barcelona World Race, the double handed, non-stop, round the world race, on December 31st 2014 together with co-skipper Pepe Ribes. Alex’s perspective: “We have worked hard to put together the right combination to make a successful project. We feel that we have put ourselves in-phase with the right designers and the right team internally and externally to be fully competitive through this cycle. I feel honored and privileged to have this opportunity – I cant wait!”

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World Record for Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing

Posted on 16 August 2014 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Royal Offshore Racing Club] Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing’s Volvo Ocean 65, Azzam, skippered by Ian Walker, crossed the finish line of the 2014 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race off the Royal Yacht Squadron, Cowes at 22.20.28 BST on Friday 15th August 2014 with an elapsed time of 4 days, 13 hours, 10 minutes, 28 seconds.

This breaks the previous World Record and Race Record for a monohull set by Volvo 70 Groupama, in 2010, by 1 day, 08 hours, 16 minutes and 27 seconds. Azzam’s record is subject to ratification by the World Speed Sailing Record Council.

This is the second World Record broken during the 2014 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club.

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Running with Bertha: Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race

Posted on 09 August 2014 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Royal Racing Club] The Royal Racing Club made the following announcement on the eve of the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race:

“In consideration of the weather forecast for the foreseeable future, showing a low pressure moving through The Channel in the early hours of the morning and eventually becoming stationary over Northern Scotland, bringing a strong Westerly to North Westerly airflow for the first days of the race, it has been decided by the Race Committee to reverse the course to sail anticlockwise around Great Britain and Ireland. The decision was based on aiming to provide a more enjoyable race for all the yachts in the fleet. The start will still be from the Royal Yacht Squadron to the East.”

News that the course would be reversed drew a packed house to the Press Conference and Skippers’ Briefing. It was standing room only, as world-class professional sailors and experienced offshore Corinthians listened in.

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston was a panellist at the Press Conference, made up of a broad cross-section of the 200 sailors from all over the world who will be taking part in the race. Sir Robin will be competing two handed at 75 years old. The offshore legend has raced around Britain and Ireland eight times before and was the first man to race around the world non-stop, single-handed.

RORC CEO, Eddie Warden Owen asked if Sir Robin was happy with the change of course: “Is the Pope Catholic? Like everyone else I’m absolutely delighted we’re going that way round. We’ll get round faster. I think it’s a very sensible decision on your (RORC) part. The smaller boats will have taken a hammering and none of us would have enjoyed it. So I think this is a very sensible decision by the race organisers.”

RORC Commodore, Mike Greville, welcomed Sevenstar Managing Director, Richard Klabbers to the Skipper’s Briefing. Richard Klabbers competed in the 2010 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race on board Harry Heijst’s S&S 41,Winsome. “From my own experience last time, I know how hard it is. It took me 14 days that time but we avoided the bad weather at least. I wish you all the best of luck. We are a partner of this race to give back to this sport, not to create more business, so please, all of you, come back all in one piece safe and sound.”

Volvo Ocean Race navigator, Campbell Field gave a detailed weather briefing to the ensemble, explaining why the decision was made to reverse the course. “Part of the decision when we looked at the forecast this morning was due to the following: quite a lot of wind has been driven from a westerly direction as former Hurricane Bertha makes her way through. Part of that data that helped make the decision to not go to the west was that boats would have been making their way across the Celtic Sea with the potential for significant wave heights of 6-8 metres – you could see 10 metres out there – and a fairly ferocious westerly breeze with nowhere to go.”

The Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race is set to start on schedule at 1200 BST, tomorrow, Sunday 10th August. The fleet will still start in an easterly direction from the Royal Yacht Squadron Line towards the Forts in the Eastern Solent. Conditions look to be absolutely spectacular with the fastest boats flying downwind at phenomenal speeds.

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The stage is set for the Marina Rubicón Round Canary Islands

Posted on 18 July 2014 by Valencia Sailing

With Team Brunel and Team Campos docked in Marina Rubicón, making the finals tweaks to their VO65′s, and with the expected arrival of Team SCA, early on Saturday morning, everything is ready for the start of the inaugural Round Canary Islands Race.

The route of the Round Canary Islands Race is fairly simple. The start will be given a few hundred meters off the Marina Rubicón entrance, which is located at the southernmost tip of Lanzarote. The VO65′s will then head north and round the archipelago’s seven main islands and handful of smaller islets with a straightforward rule. Boats have to leave all islands to starboard, round the archipelago and return to Marina Rubicón.

The Canary islands being in the trade wind belt, the prevailing wind is northeasterly throughout the year, being strongest in July and August and lightest in October and November. The high volcanic islands cause some local variations in both wind direction and strength. As a rule, there are different winds in the lee of the islands compared to the coasts exposed to the trade winds. When the NE trades are blowing strongly, an opposing wind usually blows on the other side of the island, varying in strength with the strength of the trade wind. A funnelling effect is also felt along the coasts of some of the mountainous islands and the trades can be accelerated by up to 15 knots in places.

After crossing the starting line, the fleet will head upwind to the northernmost islet of the archipelago, the volcanic islands of Alegranza. After rounding Alegranza, the VO65′s will head south, sailing along the east coastline of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura. They will then embark on a westward route towards El Hierro, the westernmost island of the Canaries, that will first take them south of Gran Canaria.

Common sense would dictate that navigators would choose a route that minimizes distance. However, the island of Tenerife and its imposing Teide mountain cast a wind shadow that extends tens of miles south of the island. Teide has an altitude of 3,718 meters, making it the highest mountain in Spain and one of the highest in Europe. With a surface of more than 2,000 km2, Tenerife’s impact on the atmosphere is such that the fleet will have to sail further south. Navigators will have to find the sweet spot between minimizing distance and maximizing speed.

Rounding the island of El Hierro will be another critical point. Going too close to the shore could come with a heavy price as the boats could find themselves trapped in a hole for hours with hardly any breeze. Once past El Hierro, the VO65′s will again sail upwind, towards La Palma, their final rounding point. From that point, the fleet will have a 200-mile stretch of nearly straight-line reaching to the finish line, off the Marina Rubicón.

NASA’s satellite photo, taken exactly 13 months ago, clearly shows the effect the land masses have on the prevailing trade winds. The breeze is funneled between the islands but becalmed to the south of them.

Telefonica training route – August 2011

Team Telefonica had established in 2011 its training base in Marina Rubicón, in view of the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race, and rounding the Canary archipelago was, obviously, part of its training schedule. The Google Map here below isn’t a simple approximation of a possible route but represents the exact trace of the Spanish VOR70 in the training session that started on August 17, 2011 and lasted exactly 52 hours and 21 minutes.

Although the Telefonica VOR70 wasn’t in racing mode, as the three VO65′s will be from tomorrow, her route gives a very good idea of what the three teams will be doing during the weekend. It will also be interesting to see how the brand new VO65′s compare to the VOR70′s and this will be the very first time such a precise reference exists.

Conditions during Telefonica’s training session in 2011 were quite brisk and the Spanish VOR70 was doing most of the time 20kt with peaks of 25kt. The only major setback the Spanish team suffered, was getting trapped, nearly windless, south of El Hierro for approximately one hour.

Conditions during the following three days are expected to be very similar to the ones Telefonica experienced three years ago and given the fact the VO65′s are considered to be, on average, 10%-15% slower than their predecessors, organizers expect a duration of about 58 hours for the Round Canary Islands Race. The winning boat is expected to cross the finish line in the wee hours of Tuesday.

Stay tuned here for more exhaustive coverage of the Marina Rubicón Round Canary Islands Race, starting at Saturday noon.

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Bernard Stamm and Jean Le Cam at the start of the Barcelona World Race

Posted on 17 July 2014 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: IMOCA Ocean Masters] Bernard Stamm has hardly stopped over the past few months, busily putting his new project into place. The determined Swiss sailor won his bet today as he prepares for a new round-the-world race – double-handed this time.

So the double winner of the Around Alone will be on the startline at the next edition of the Barcelona World race at the helm of an IMOCA 60 – former Jörg Riechers’ boat Mare – which will be dressed up in the colours of Cheminées Poujoulat, Bernard’s loyal partner since 2003 who will side with him again on this new adventure. Jean Le Cam will accompany him on this “four-handed” adventure.

Since last December, Bernard Stamm has done everything in his power to bounce back and build up a new project. “Everything kind of fell apart with I lost my boat, especially since no other IMOCA 60 seemed to be available. Which is why I tried working on other projects simultaneously, and some of them nearly worked. Then I found out through the class that an IMOCA boat was on the market, so I went for it.” Bernard Stamm has signed a lease contract with an option to buy Jörg Riecher’s Farr-design boat that was launched in 2007 and aboard which Michel Desjoyeaux won the 2008-09 Vendée Globe. It then came second in the 2010-11 Barcelona World Race with Iker Martinez and Xabi Fernandez, and was back at the 2012-13 Vendée Globe with Jérémie Beyou.

“It has been regularly re-fitted to follow the IMOCA rule and all work carried out has been done well. It’s still a big step down for me, since my team and I had developed our previous boat to a really high level,” explains Bernard, who will be sailing his new boat from Lorient to Brest this week. “We will work on the 60-foot boat at our home-base, completing the work that the old owner began then adapting it to our way of working. And of course we’ll dress it up with our sponsors colours,” he added, happy to announce that Cheminées Poujoulat, world leader in fireplaces and chimneys, will be continuing to support him as he heads towards the third edition of the Barcelona World race, the only round-the-world double-handed non-stop and without assistance race, which starts in Barcelona in Spain on 31 December 2014. “Cheminées Poujoulat has been active in sailing with Bernard Stamm for aver 10 years. Participating in a round-the-world with such an experienced and competitive team is a great opportunity for our brand,” declared Frédéric Coirier, CEO of the Poujoulat Group.

Quite a tandem!

“Between us, we have accumulated a huge amount of miles, that’s for sure. Racing together will be an enriching experience – things kind of happened by chance, but it’s great,” said Jean Le Cam. Together the two men will form one of the most experienced teams in the race.”

Between them they accumulate no less than six Vendée Globe participations, nine round-the-worlds and sixty or so Transats! Suffice to say that the two men aren’t just here to take part – they’re here to win. Over the next few months they will be doing everything they can to get there, although they are aware they’ll have to move and adapt fast. “The race start is tomorrow! The boat should be back in the water by the end of August and then we have to learn to tame it. We’ll multiply our training sessions, tests, calibrations as much as we can in order to be at the top as quickly as possible,” continues the Swiss sailor who will be fully supported by his loyal team. “I’ve done everything I can to maintain my team and base in Brest over the past months. It wasn’t easy but today these efforts are paying off and that’s good news,” he stated, adding that he will continue to sail on the Diam 24 One Design circuit in parallel. “We’re already committed and it allows us to maintain a continuity in our preparation. We’ll be taking part in the next races even if we missed the Trinité-sur-Mer race last weekend. And I’ll have to step up my physical preparation to be 100% up to speed by September because I still have a few cervical problems from my accident in December that I’m treating with my physiotherapist. All the thorax injuries have healed”, concluded Bernard who should soon be announcing the arrival of new partners very shorty.

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Marina Rubicón sets ambitious goal with Round Canary Islands Race

Posted on 15 July 2014 by Valencia Sailing

A brand new offshore race will see the light this weekend off Marina Rubicón, in Lanzarote, Spain, as a local ORC fleet and no less than three VO65′s will embark on the inaugural edition of the Marina Rubicón Round Canary Islands Race.

As its name implies, the participating fleet will set off in front of Marina Rubicón, round the seven Canary islands and finish again off Marina Rubicón, covering a total of, approximately, 650 nautical miles. Conditions are expected to be varied and crews will have a full plate during the three racing days.

Three VO65′s, half the six-strong fleet that will take part in the upcoming Volvo Ocean Race, will be on the starting line off Marina Rubicón at 12pm local time on Saturday. This will also make it the very first time the brand new one-designs will line up against each other and will certainly provide a unique opportunity to gauge their performance in view of the start in Alicante, less than three months from now.

Team Brunel, skippered by Bouwe Bekking, is an obvious participant as the Dutch team call Marina Rubicón their home, having established a training base there a few months ago.

Team SCA will also sail on familiar waters as their training base is also in Lanzarote, a few miles north of Marina Rubicón. It will be very interesting to evaluate how the all-female crew measures up to their all-male opponents. Team SCA’s squad is now complete with 15 women from five nations representing, without an doubt, the best of the best in female offshore sailing. In addition, Team SCA is the best-funded of the six participating teams in the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race and its crew has thousands of ocean miles under their belts, a lot of them in two-boat training mode against a modified VOR70.

The third participant will, undoubtedly, be the one to take a close look at. Pedro Campos’ Team Campos, skippered by Spanish champion Iker Martinez, will actually make their first public appearance after officially announcing their participation less than a month ago. Despite having a star-studded crew they lack the training time their opponents have had so far. The Spanish VO65 is currently on her way to Lanzarote, having left her base in northern Spain on Monday.

What will certainly catch our attention on Saturday, and that of our camera, will certainly be Michel Desjoyeaux! Team Campos has just announced that the French offshore sailing legend will be onboard in order to coach the team and help in their preparation for the Volvo Ocean Race.

Although the focus will be on the VO65′s, a fleet of local ORC’s is also expected to take part in this first edition of the race and organizers have set an ambitious goal to make this bi-annual race the European equivalent of the Caribbean RORC 600. The Canary Islands certainly have the conditions to make this happen and one can only hope that a few years from now the Marina Rubicón Round Canary Islands Race will have become a permanent feature in the European sailing season. will, obviously be there in order to provide full coverage. Stay tuned for two days, Friday and Saturday, of in-depth reports, photos and interviews from Marina Rubicón. If conditions allow it, we will follow the three VO65′s during the initial dozens of miles of the race.

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Shockwave takes line honors in Newport Bermuda Race

Posted on 23 June 2014 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Newport Bermuda Race] George Sakellaris’ big white Richel/Pugh mini-maxi Shockwave crossed the finish line off Bermuda’s St. David’s Lighthouse Monday morning at 5:34 race time EDT (6:34AM local time). Her elapsed time was 63:04:11. Bella Mente, Hap Fauth’s 72 foot Judel/Vrolijk mini-maxi, followed by seven minutes with her time at 63:11:25. The two had battled head to head within sight of each almost continuously for over 635 miles.

Caol Ila R, Alex Schaerer’s 68 foot Mills IRC racer, crossed third at 8:33 local time, three hours behind Shockwave at 66:03:52.

Based on preliminary ORR results, Shockwave stands first on corrected time in the Gibbs Hill Lighthouse Division, Bella Mente is second and Caol Ila R is third.

The next boat on the course, the US Naval Academy TP52 Constellation, is expected to finish more than 16 hours after the leader on Monday night. The remainder of the fleet is caught in the fickle winds of a frontal zone, waiting for the system to drift east-southeast and weaken. The picture is not pretty for boats still on the course. Light conditions will prevail through Wednesday and maybe longer.

George Sakellaris’ Shockwave takes line honors in Newport Bermuda Race

Robbie Doyle sailed his 12th Newport Bermuda Race as the “stratitician” on board George Sakellaris’ Shockwave.

Doyle said, “Different guys called different things for the general strategy. The navigator made a lot of big calls. We had to hunt to find the (Gulf) Stream… we never found the 4 knot real road to Bermuda. It had broken up before we got there. Forecasters had predicted it might, but they suggested we might get there before it would start to dismember. The Stream was really breaking up pretty quick.”

“We got a knot and a half out of it.” He continued, “The stream came around (motioning to indicate a southwest to northeast direction to southeast direction) and what happened is that this part (flow) stopped and decided it was going to reconnect itself eventually and just become a smooth stream. We got through it.”

When asked about the cold core eddy predicted below the flow, Doyle said, “We caught that eddy, but it was only a knot and a half of current; still nice because we had it for 40 nautical miles. It wasn’t the three knots we had fought to get to that point for.“

Congratulations to George Sakellaris and the team aboard Shockwave for winning line honors in this year’s race. The win adds to Shockwave’s growing list of recent victories, highlighted by their division win in the 2012 Newport-Bermuda Race, the 2013 Montego Bay, and the 2014 RORC Caribbean 600 Race. Originally launched in 2008 as Alpha Romero 3, Shockwave continues her winning ways.

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Newport to Bermuda: Back of fleet drifts hard right, leaders riding high

Posted on 22 June 2014 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Newport to Bermuda] The big difference between the faster, leading boats and those further back is the Gulf Stream. Carina and Christopher Dragon, two of the leading boats on corrected time, are nearby and in the axis of the Gulf Stream which is flowing west to east. The current may actually be making wind for them, giving them additional apparent wind to sail with. At 2:AM today, the leading mini-maxis had reached the southbound cold core eddy, and were picking up a free ride toward Bermuda. The slower boats in the drifting conditions are north of the current and will suffer till the wind builds today, maybe this afternoon.”

For many of the 1500+ sailors on 162 boats on course to Bermuda in the 49th Newport Bermuda Race, yesterday’s Summer Solstice must have seemed like the longest night ever. Shockwave, the line honors leader at noon Saturday then 438nm from Bermuda, was still 336nm from Bermuda at 2:00 AM Sunday.

The 2012 Gibbs Hill Lighthouse winner was averaging a velocity made good to Bermuda of 8.3kts, compared to 9.2kts up to noon Saturday. At 2:AM Shockwave was doing 10.3kts making a good course of 152º toward Bermuda.

Bella Mente is currently sitting second in line honors at the 2014 Newport to Bermuda Race

For those 14 hours, Shockwave had averaged 7.2kts. George David’s Rambler had averaged 16.1kts on the way to smashing the record in 2012. Rambler sailed the entire course in 39hrs 39min. The mini-maxis are well beyond that now, so no record will fall in 2014.

The 2:00 AM snapshot of the fleet on the Pantaenius Race Tracker, online for everyone to see, showed the back of the fleet taking a hard right turn. Hard in the sense that it is a 90º turn to the west, but harder still insomuch that these boats are sailing a bad tack to Bermuda or just drifting at less than 1kt. Dock talk in Bermuda will be stories about no wind or a big bad windshift during this long Summer Solstice night.

Christopher Dragon, estimated to be in the lead for best corrected time at Noon Saturday, still held that position. Then she was 477nm from Bermuda. At 2:00AM this morning she was 396nm out, making only 81nm in 14hrs, averaging 5.7kts She was reported as doing 8.2kts heading 141º.

Carina, winner of St. David’s Lighthouses in 2010 and 2012, was 457nm away reported doing 2.1kts steering 138º and just out of the pack drifting west. Carina had covered only 33nm toward Bermuda in 14 hours but appears to be breaking out of the drifting pack at 2:00AM.

The big difference between the faster, leading boats and those further back is the Gulf Stream. Carina and Christopher Dragon, two of the leading boats on corrected time, are nearby and in the axis of the Gulf Stream which is flowing west to east. The current may actually be making wind for them, giving them additional apparent wind to sail with. At 2:AM today, the leading mini-maxis had reached the southbound cold core eddy, and were picking up a free ride toward Bermuda. The slower boats in the drifting conditions are north of the current and will suffer till the wind builds today, maybe this afternoon.

At noon Saturday, Sinn Fein, the other two-time St. David’s Lighthouse winner (2006-2008), had been in second place based on estimated corrected time. She was 458nm out at noon Saturday and by 2:00AM was sailing at 1.9kts heading at 124º.

Selkie, sailed by Sheila McCurdy, past Commodore of the Cruising Club of America, was stuck in the back half of the fleet in a drifter doing a painful 0.3kts and drifting at 249º. Newton Merrill’s Finess a J42 just west of Selkie was doing 1.1kts at 90º drifting painfully the other direction.

Joe Harris in Gryphon Solo2, a double hander, was just picking up a breeze and the eastbound current. He was doing 7kts at 158º.

Weather Update: Commanders’ Weather
1) We have a front lying close to 35-35 30n
a) Weak ripples of low pressure will move E along the front today and Mon

2) Satellite imagery shows a band of showers/squalls/t-storms from 34-36n
a) The cells are moving mainly from W to E, or a shade N of E
b) There may be some gusts to 40 kts near some of the heavier t-storms along the frontal boundary along with lots of lightning

3) In general, increasing ENE and E winds to the N of the front, nearing 36-37n (with a rather narrow band of 20-30 kts) and also a band of 20-30 kts of SW flow a little S of the front

4) Flow then settles to the SW closer to 14-20 kts further S
a) seas building to 7-8 ft thru the southern part of the Stream later today-tonight and 5-7 ft further S

5) Winds will diminish a few kts on both sides of the front Mon aftn-night

6) Front settles further S, closer to 34n Mon night-Tues
a) Lighter SW winds Mon night and Tuesday

7) Flow may be under 10 kts Tues-Wed

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